InternationalWoman’s Day is celebratedglobally each year on 8th March representing theeveryday achievements made by women whilsthighlighting the ever lingering issues such asgender equality and women’s rights.Theinternational women’s day celebration began in1909 in the United States after the 1908Women’sWorkers strike in NewYork. Globally,the day has become a reflection of past strugglesand future changes ever since.InternationalWomen’s Day 2013Celebration atThe Cradle,Calicut
Statistics reveal belowfacts related to girl child1 out of every 3 girl’s life is ending at the age of 15 yearsOne third of female infanticide deaths are taking placeat the time of birthEvery 6th girl child is dying due to genderdiscrimination1 out of 10 women is suffering from child abuse in theirchildhood from their near and dear people only1 out of 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 453% of girls are illiterates in the age group of 5 to 9years
CausesEarning Power-Men are usuallymain income earnersPotential Pension-Parentsdepend on male children to lookafter them in their old age. Indiangirls leave parental home.Dowry-Not affordable byeveryone
Female Foeticide at thisalarming rate will lead toIncreasing sexual violence and abuse againstwomen and female childrenTraffickingIncreasing number of child marriagesIncreasing maternal deaths due to abortionsand early marriagesIncrease in practices like polyandry
Kerala,God’s own countryKerala enjoys unique geographical featuresthat have made it one of the most soughtafter tourist destinations inAsiaAn equable climateA long shoreline with serene beachesTranquil stretches of emerald backwatersLush hill stations and exotic wildlifeWaterfallsSprawling plantations and paddy fieldsAyurvedic health holidaysEnchanting art formsMagical festivalsHistoric and cultural monumentsAn exotic cuisine...All of which offer you a uniqueexperienceApart from a great tourist spot,Kerala also stands as an immenselyprogressive civilization.
The most distinguishing feature of Kerala is theFemale/Male sex ratio:1084 in Kerala against thenational average of 940Population Development-What Kerala can teachother states?Kerala is a Female Surplus State!!-1084 females per 1000malesKerala has lowest infant mortality rateKerala has one of the highest literacy rates (90%) andlife expectancy (73 years)This beautiful tiny state has emerged far ahead inhuman development indicators, leaving behind eventhe economically advanced states like Gujarat andMaharashtraIt also has the lowest rate of population growth,achieved without coercive sterilization policies offamily planning ministry
Power of PeopleDevelopmentPower of People DevelopmentKerala achieved it despite a sluggish growth in economy – because normally economic growth has beenknown to curtail population growth.Sociologists attribute these achievements to Kerala’s:Better healthcareHigh literacy rateBetter standard of living compared to other Indian states.Keralas human development indices — elimination of poverty, primary level education,and healthcare — are among the best in India.Keralas healthcare system has garnered international acclaim,with UNICEF and theWorld Health Organization(WHO) designating Kerala the worlds first "baby-friendly state".For example,more than 95% births in Keralaare hospital-delivered.
Lessons from KeralaQuestion:What can Kerala teach other states and other developing nations?Answer:People development and women empowerment are the bestcontraceptives in the world!There are very few female foeticide (almost negligible) cases seen in Kerala andhence Kerala,as a state has achieved high female to male ratio.Keralites treatboth male and female children equally and both have equal rights.Infact,eventhe ancestral property is divided equally among male and female children.
This, International Women’s Day, The Cradle team is makingan attempt to bring awareness on female foeticide and alsourges other states to follow Kerala’s human developmentmodel for a happy living which in turn will build a happynation.
In this context, we are joining hands with IMA, KeralaWomen’s wing and organizing an essay competition on 2013International Women’s Day theme, “The Gender Agenda-Gaining Momentum”.
100 best participants will be privileged to join a panel of 10successful women in Kerala and have a lively discussion onexploring life as a woman, now and into the future onMother’s Day celebration event which is to be held in May2013 atThe Cradle, Calicut premises.
The two best essays would receive a cash prize of Rs. 15,000as 1st Prize and Rs. 10,000 as 2nd Prize. The winners will beannounced on 8th March 2013 on the websitewww.thecradlecalicut.com and the prizes will be awardedto the winners on Mother’s Day 2013 celebrations at TheCradle, Calicut.
Entries close on 05-March-2013. Participants can share theirvaluable views on the theme and send their essays throughthe following ways:E-mail: email@example.comPostal address: Cradle Calicut Maternity Care Pvt. Ltd., NH 17,Bypass Road, Calicut-673014Facebook: facebook.com/cradlecalicut
For more information about thecompetition, please contactThe Cradle,Calicut help desk on 0495-2436000.